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Breast Cancer (Definition)
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as it helps define treatment.
5 steps: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Breasts: 1 in 8 women in the us will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, therefore no woman should feel immune to this disease. The best chance for cure exists when we catch the cancer before it causes any symptoms; the best test to find breast cancer is a mammogram. I recommend beginning mammography at age 40, unless one has a family history of breast cancer at an early age. Mammograms save lives. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes with surgery: Mastectomy of both breasts will be recommended to prevent the development of breast cancer in patients who carry genetic abnormality such as brca 1 or 2 as this genetic abnormality will increase their risk to have breast cancer and ovarian cancer significantly. Tamoxifen is given to patients with high risk feature like precancerous /in situ to reduce risk for recurrence of in situ or cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Healthy weight: We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history. We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are reasons: To answer this question, you will need to know why do you feel anxiety: worried about recurrence or metastasis? Did not complete prescribed regimen? High risk factors? New lump? Abnormal mammogram? It is normal to have some anxiety after being treated. I recommend you meet with your oncology team to address this. It would be important to meet with a mental health professional to help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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